Braxton, Osbourne and Jenners do Red Dress runway
From left, Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner and Kylie Jenner attend the Red Dress Collection 2013 Fashion Show, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) — Red isn't just a trend at The Heart Truth runway show, it's a tradition: The Red Dress Collection, modeled by celebrities to draw awareness to heart disease, has become the kick off to New York Fashion Week.
Minka Kelly, Toni Braxton, gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, Kelly Osbourne and Kris Jenner, with daughters Kendall and Kylie, were among those donning designer dresses and towering heels Wednesday night in front of an audience that largely put on their best red dresses, too.
It's the shoes that have many stars fearing they'll trip up. Actress Brenda Strong, who wore Marc Bouwer's draped cowl-neck dress, said her red spiky stilettos were the most intimidating part of the catwalk experience.
Toni Braxton attends the Red Dress Collection 2013 Fashion Show, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
She had a little experience modeling, though. "In my last incarnation, when I was in college, I was a Miss America contestant. That was a long runway!" she said.
Kelly, wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown with an asymmetrical neckline and metallic belt, walked in last year's show and this time was tapped as the Heart Truth ambassador by sponsor Diet Coke. Her best tip as a runway veteran was to wear shoes with straps. They hold you in better, she said.
The catwalk isn't her favorite place to spend an evening, Kelly said, but it's for a good cause.
"This is all done with a sense of humor. It's fun. I don't fancy myself a model, but maybe the models aren't relatable if we're not perfect, so it works for me," she said.